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| The focused ultrasound used by the
UltraShape treatment is different than routine ultrasound. This
new technology uses focused ultrasound to deliver acoustic energy
at a controlled distance from the ultrasound transducer. Ultrasound
energy is emitted from the transducer, with the energy low near
the transducer surface and concentrated at a distant focus which
is the fat under the skin. Low energy is delivered through the skin
and high energy is concentrated to the fat. Since the UltraShape
uses mechanical energy to disrupt the adipocytes (fat cells), not
heat, the surrounding structures are not harmed because of their
different susceptibility to mechanical energy.
UltraShape has a unique central tracking and guidance system to
ensure safety. A real-time video image of the marked treatment area
is displayed on a monitor and allows only the marked area to be
treated, resulting in smooth, uniform body contouring. UltraShape
version 2, which is used in our office, allows us to control power
levels for optimal treatment.
All of these features result in a very safe, effective procedure.
How is the fat cleared?
Fat inside adipocytes is in the form of triglycerides. When the
adipocyte membrane is ruptured, the triglycerides are released into
the interstitial fluid between the cells and are broken down into
free fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is dissolved by water.
The free fatty acids attach to albumin in the interstitial fluid
and are taken to the liver. The liver cannot differentiate between
free fatty acids released from the adipocytes by the UltraShape
treatment or those originating from a meal. Studies have monitored
the known metabolic pathways of fat metabolism and showed no clinically
significant abnormalities after UltraShape treatment. The free fatty
acids are all processed by the same normal pathway and are recycled
to meet the body's need for energy.
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